Category Archives: Personalities

Donovan Livingston’s Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Speech – video

Donovan Livingston’s Harvard Graduate School of Education Student Speech – video

Published on May 25, 2016 – HarvardEducationHarvardEducation

May 25, 2016 Convocation Speech. Full remarks transcribed here:…

The 50th independence anniversary was a show to remember – Adam Harris + 2 videos

The 50th independence anniversary was a show to remember


LOGO - 50th Independence AnniversaryI was in the United States in 1994 when the ice hockey team, the New York Rangers, won the Stanley Cup. It was the first time in 54 years. One spectator threw his head back and proclaimed, “Now I can die happy.” The year was the same when O.J. Simpson led the police on a slow speed chase, because they wanted to arrest him for the murders of Ronald Goldman and Simpson’s wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson.

I felt the same way as that fan when the land of my birth celebrated its 50th independence anniversary. I saw the greatest influx of overseas-based Guyanese. They kept coming with every flight that landed at the Cheddi Jagan and Ogle International Airports.   

I happened to be coming home from Trinidad when some of them were arriving. The welcome was out of this world, something that none of them could have got anywhere else in the world. That set the tone.   Continue reading

Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima Highlights Trump’s Scary Nuclear Gaffes – Chemi Shalev

Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima Highlights Trump’s Scary Nuclear Gaffes

As the president mends fences with old enemies, from Cuba to Japan, Trump seems happy to ‘rattle’ the international community.

Obama at Hiroshima

Obama at Hiroshima

Chemi Shalev – Haaretz

Barack Obama’s visit to the Memorial Peace Park in Hiroshima captured the main headlines of most serious newspapers on Saturday, but the news networks’ coverage kept to a bare minimum. Ratings-wise, it was hard for the history that Obama was making in Japan to compete with the hysterics that Trump was sparking with his faux-agreement to a television debate with Bernie Sanders. Between the sublime and the ridiculous, the latter won hands down.

It’s hard to conjure a starker contrast. Obama is intent on bringing down old walls while Trump is erecting new ones in their stead. Obama clears a path through complex situations with careful rhetoric while Trump tramples his way to the top with all the sensitivity of a bull in a china shop.   Continue reading

Guyana: TCV workshops focus on suicide awareness and prevention

TCV Launches Community Outreach and Students’ Self Esteem Workshops

  • focus on suicide awareness and prevention Caribbean Voice

Georgetown, May 9, 2016: In its continuing efforts at suicide prevention, The Caribbean Voice (TCV) launched its community outreach and students’ self esteem workshop in Demerara in April.

The community outreach is geared towards reaching out to communities from where suicide emanates and within which suicide potential is potent and investing in sessions that enable such communities to voice their fears, concerns, experiences and suggestions. Additionally, the outreach provides the communities with strategies and information that will help them to be proactive first responders for their respective communities.  Continue reading

THE TRADEWINDS FIFTIETH – by Dave Martins + video

Dave Martins and The Tradewinds  – May 15, 2016

THE TRADEWINDS FIFTIETH by Dave Martins- Credits Stabroek News,

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Dave Martins 2010 CD

Here’s a coincidence: in 2016, as Guyana reaches 50 years as an independent country, the Tradewinds band is also 50 years old. The two things are not connected. It just happened to coincide that I was looking to start a band to play primarily Caribbean music, featuring my own songs, and that finally happened in 1966 in Toronto where I had been living for about 10 years.

In fact, I didn’t even realize the coincidence until about six months ago, looking at some plans for the Jubilee celebration, that it hit me.

Looking back to the beginnings of the band, with two Trinidad musicians, Glen Sorzano and Kelvin Ceballo, who had migrated to Canada about the same time as I, I had been playing music professionally, with my earlier band The Debonairs, doing a variety of music.  Continue reading

Guyana’s gifts to the world – By Alex Murray BBC News

Guyana’s gifts to the world

It’s 50 years since the British colony of Guiana became Guyana.

Covering 214,969 sq km (83,000 sq miles), it is the only English-speaking country on mainland South America.

In popular culture, the country is sadly best known for the tragic events of Jonestown, where more than 900 people died in a mass suicide.

To mark the 50th anniversary of independence, BBC News highlights some of the positive contributions from “the land of a thousand rivers”.

Read more – Guyana’s gifts to the world – BBC News

Festive welcome for Guyanese expatriates – By Tangerine Clarke

Festive welcome for Guyanese expatriates

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

By Tangerine Clarke – May 26, 2016 / Caribbean Life News

Thousands of Guyanese expatriates from every corner of the world arrived in Georgetown, Guyana, over the last week to a festive welcome when they disembarked from several carriers at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, to revel in the country’s 50th Jubilee Independence Anniversary celebrations.

The nationals, many dressed in colors of Guyana’s golden Arrowhead flag, and laden with carryon luggage, stopped to capture the colorfully decorated façade of the airport before being greeted by masqueraders in costumes of the six races at the walkway leading to the terminal.   Continue reading

Fifty years later: Guyana is changing for the better – By Adam Harris

Fifty years later: Guyana is changing for the better

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Guyana 50th Anniversary Logo

Opinion - commentary -analysisMay 22, 2016 | By KNews | Filed Under Features / Columnists, ADAM HARRIS

The past few days have brought a lot of recollection from me. In another few days it would be fifty years since Guyana became independent. It would also be fifty years since I joined the world of work. Those were the days when travelling was not as easy as it is today.

I spoke about travelling to Linden. The Soesdyke-Linden Highway was about to be constructed so the communities along the highway were not there. Of course there was a trail, but the conditions were such that people only say jungle. I remember when they were clearing the trail they found an aircraft that had disappeared during the Second World War.

This was just a short distance from Atkinson Field, the airport that was there at the time. Search and Rescue was not what it was today, but it was surprising that a plane going down so close to the airport could not have been found.   Continue reading

Kelly Hyles returns home for Jubilee Celebrations – Gives advice to students – video

Kelly Hyles returns home for Jubilee Celebrations – Gives advice to students… Never let circumstances hinder your success. 

Published on May 23, 2016 – A brilliant Guyanese teenager – Kelly Hyles – who has excelled academically in the US, has returned home for the Jubilee celebrations. She’s encouraging Guyanese students to never let circumstances hinder their success.  She will attend Harvard University in September.
Read news report from the Daily Mail newspaper below:

Guyanese immigrant Kelly Hyles, raised by single mother working two jobs gets accepted by 21 colleges including all eight Ivy League schools  [Daily Mail]

  • Kelly Hyles came to New York from Guyana back in 2009 aged just 11
  • Mother Anetta got two jobs working 15 hours per day to support her   Continue reading

Usain Bolt wins 100m at Ostrava Golden Spike – 20.05.2016

Usain Bolt wins 100m at Ostrava Golden Spike – 20.05.2016

…… Runs 9.99 … warming up for the OLYMPICS 2016


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